5 unusual places to go to in Florence, Italy

Florence has many unusual attractions to visit. [Image Credit - CCO / Pixabay]
Florence has many unusual attractions to visit. [Image Credit - CCO / Pixabay]

Florence is a beautiful and historic city with many monuments to visit, but it also has a stranger side, as can be seen here.

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'La Berta' - 39 Via dei Cerretani, Florence, Italy

“La Berta” refers to the head of a woman, sticking out from the walls of the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Locals have given different explanations for her presence. Some say the head was petrified by an astrologer in 1326 after he was claimed to be an alchemist who could communicate with the devil. Others say it is a memorial to a greengrocer who donated the church’s bells. The most believable is that this is the head of an old Roman sculpture placed there as a decoration in the Middle Ages.

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Platform 16 Holocaust Memorial - Santa Maria Novella train station, Piazza della Stazione, Florence, Italy

Of 243 of Florence’s Jews who were taken to the concentration camps of World War II, only 13 returned home at the end of the war. A memorial has been placed to those lost residents and is set up in the train station. It's created from sculpture and has a steel plaque.

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